Premises Liability and Stairways
Personal Injury Lawyers Serving Tucson, Phoenix, Flagstaff and all Arizona communities
Falling down the stairs is a common accident that can have devastating results. From bumps and scrapes to broken bones to head injuries, a tumble down the stairs can cause significant pain and long-term suffering. But with some safety precautions and careful actions a fall down the stairs can be prevented.
If you or a loved one has fallen down the stairs and suffered due to improper maintenance on the part of a property owner, you may be eligible for compensation. Please contact the Tucson, Phoenix, or Flagstaff premises liability lawyers at Miller, Pitt, Feldman & McAnally, P.C. today to discuss your case.
Safety Tips for Navigating Stairs
While you cannot control the safety of someone else’s home or business, there are a few steps you can take to make walking up or down stairs as safe as possible. Some of these include:
- Walk slowly. If possible, plan your route. By keeping an eye out for any slanted, uneven, oversized, or undersized steps you can be prepared when you come upon them. If you do decide to pick up speed, use the banisters. Should you trip, they aid tremendously in breaking your fall.
- Always hold onto the banisters. This gives you support and provides assistance if you lose your balance.
- When possible, do not carry heavy items or children down the stairs. Your line of sight will be impaired and your likelihood of falling will increase. Also, if you do fall, because you are not supporting yourself on the banister you will get hurt easier. Try and avoid the stairs when carrying an object or get help from someone.
- If you do fall, take things slow. Gather yourself carefully and get situated before trying to stand up. If you are hurt, call for help before trying to get up. If necessary, call 911 for medical assistance.